Here’s what you won’t see on the Golden Globes broadcast on Sunday: tacky dance numbers, a topical comedy monologue, a host Gumping himself into footage of the nominated movies, or any host at all, for that matter. The Globes leave all that sort of thing to other awards shows; here, it’s strictly stars opening envelopes and winners thanking their agents. But the atmosphere is more festive than at other awards shows, thanks largely to the free-flowing alcohol in the Beverly Hilton’s ballroom. So be on the lookout for those spontaneous, Christine-Lahti-stuck-in-the-bathroom moments that make the Globes fun to watch. Some of what you’ll see on the Jan. 16 NBC broadcast:
A parade of A-List stars. Award presenters include Renée Zellweger, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Will Ferrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Keaton, Megan Mullally, Tim Robbins, Naomi Watts, Patricia Arquette, Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Topher Grace, Dustin Hoffman, and Kate Hudson. Also presenting are Prince and Usher, who may look like they’ve wandered in from the wrong awards ceremony. But you may see fewer memorable celebrity moments offstage this year — producer Dick Clark, who’s still recuperating from a stroke, won’t be on hand to conduct his usual table-hopping interviews, and no one is replacing him.
The most hyper acceptance speech ever. One star who usually can be counted on to do something outrageous is Robin Williams, who happens to be this year’s recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s career achievement prize. That means he’ll get a speech that won’t be pressed for time or cut off by the orchestra — full opportunity to riff and rant.
Celebrity spawn. Every year, the HFPA names a second-generation starlet to be Miss Golden Globes and gives her the duty of helping hand out the trophies and escort the winners on and off the stage. This year, it’s Kathryn Eastwood, 16-year-old daughter of Clint, who’s an aspiring dancer and actress. Why should you care? Because some former Misses have actually grown up to become stars, like Laura Dern, Joely Fisher, and Melanie Griffith. Others, apparently, are in the Miss Golden Globes Protection Program.
Bling. After they present awards, you may see some stars examining the contents of their gift bags, which are lavish this year. (Or you may not, since the bag is so big it’s actually a hollow wicker ottoman.) Inside are gift certificates, electronic gadgets, cosmetics, fashion accessories, and coupons for luxury travel packages. Total value: about $38,000. Then again, at this week’s Critics Choice Awards, where presenters received gift bags containing more than $20,000 worth of merchandise, at least 21 of the stars donated their bags to be auctioned on eBay for tsunami relief. Will any of the Globes presenters do the same? Stay tuned.